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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,574 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,574
Reviews: 1,661
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 235
Gots: 649 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003

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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer really shocked me. It tasted just like the Hickory Stick Stout but in a higher alcohol form. Served in a Chimay Chalice. A dark black with a tan colored head. The smell was roasted grain and a bitterness. The taste was very similar to the stout offered by the house. As noted before there was a alcohol presence. Not over the top enough to affect the mouthfeel though. The drinkability is good but you would have to be carefull with this one. It would be easy to over do it. A good beer that I will drink again.

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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The original Yeti pours jet black with just over a finger of dark tan head. Reduces down fairly slowly, and the remaining lacing is great. One of the best I've seen on an Imperial Stout. It clings all over the glass.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee are all huge in this beer. I also get quite a bit of vanilla.

Taste: Chocolate, expresso and roasted malts all compete for the upper hand in this beer. Also some vanilla, and a slight kick of hops at the end to balance it all out. Tasty as hell.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and luscious. Just about as smooth as an imperial stout can get, I think. Also, some bitterness at the end from the dark chocolate. Body is very full.

Drinkability: This beer hides it's alcohol pretty well, I'd say. It's a full-bodied beer, but still quite drinkable.

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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a very dark and black color with a thin head that lasted well. It's leaving a fair amount of lace.

The smell is very good, with tons of roasted malt and a soft hop flavor with some wood and alcohol. The taste is rich and creamy, with more roasted malt joining chocolate up front, and big hops clearing out the finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat light but still nice, and drinkability is good.

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4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is black as motor oil on the pour and has a deep mocha colored head. The nose is a nice mixture of deeply roasted malts - black licorice, milk chocolate and smokey burnt coffee, as well as an assertive west coast citrusy hop pressence. The taste begins with the citrusy, piney hops and transitions into the burnt malty flavors and has a little alcohol bite. The finish is rather smooth and leaves a nice combo of the hops and roasted malt on the palate and just a hint of alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is very viscous, chewy and has little carbonation, just like a RIS should be. Drinkability is high for such a big beer with such huge flavor but I wouldn't recommend chugging this one!

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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Black, blacker than a trojan midnight" with a frothy brown head - good retention. Very aromatic. Thick, musty smell highlighted by rich chocolate malt and hops. Again, dark chocolate is the prominent flavor with syrupy sweet maltiness and a fine dry finish. Roasted flavors are there, but less coffee in the mix than the other Yetis. Thick gooey mouthfeel that goes down smooth with just a little bite.

This is a great beer and it's hard not to rate it higher. But the RIS forest is teeming with beasts and I have to put this one below the other Yetis. Still, gotta love that this one is available in 4-packs of 12 ozs.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lovely hoppy RIS from a favorite brewer. This one so dessert like

A - Opaque black chocolate look with dense head and lacing.
S - More than most. Excellent chocolatey, brandy-like scent, some caramelized malts, strong bitter coffee...powerful nose.
T - Follows smell. Tastes sweet with rum, licorice, sweet coffee, brandy balanced by roasted espresso and wild berry tartness. Nice hop bitters in the long, long finish with piney resin finale.

MF- The body is thick, chewy, but perhaps a bit too chunky on the tongue.

Myself, I like the extra hops in this style.

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4.76/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a beautiful black, one of the most potent black hues i have had. Almost no light at all come through. Great tan head foams up. Beautiful indeed.

Smells quite interesting. At first smell, i honestly have to say it reminded me of my dog's old dry dogfood, but that really isnt the case. I just wanted to bring that up if anyone else first got that. Very natural smell. Sweet smell and like a dry fruit like prunes, perhaps. Very potent smell. More malty than the hops in it. To me the smells remind me of a barley wine.

Taste is quite good. Very complex. First it is quite sweet and heavy. the hops (75 ibus) is quite present, more than i expected. It is very creamy. Lots of toffee flavor comes through, a very good amount. Under that is the coffee flavor. Does have quite a sherry flavor to it, or port wine. Aftertaste is more malty and a deep sweetness like molassis. Aftertaste also has a slight chocolate hint to it with some more coffee flavor. Alcohol does slightly come out in the aftertaste, but at 9.5%alc. by vol., not all that direct.

Mouthfeel is great. Very, very creamy. Great balance. good amount of carbonation.

Overall, i think this beer is quite incredible. This beer can be enjoyed right after being bottled, or after time cellared and be great either way (havent tried the aging, but i'm sure it would be). So full and complex, but still so very drinkable. What a great beer! Can't wait to try the oak aged tomorrow....

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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